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Old Buildings and Old Connections

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

There is a rich social and architectural history in Southbridge. This presentation will be a brief introduction to some of the historical highlights and notable architecture in the town of Southbridge’s early years. Looking at why people settled here and how they grew the town over the years – the economic side will also be discussed, especially the manufacturing and mill buildings that came to be so important.

Megan Garlie grew up in Southbridge in an old AO house and always was interested in the history around it. She moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology with a minor in German. During her undergrad, she attended a bioarchaeological field school at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a National Historic Site in Nova Scotia, Canada, where that year approximately 35 of an estimated 1,100 individuals were excavated from Rochefort Point, an area under threat from coastal erosion. She then moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland to attend Memorial University, where she recently completed her Masters in Archaeology, with a focus on Bioarchaeology. Her thesis is titled: An Isotopic Investigation of the Diet and Origins of 18th and 19th Century Individuals from Newfoundland and Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. She worked for two Cultural Resource Management companies as an archaeologist and excavated various sites across New England, before coming to work at Jacob Edwards Library.


Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA United States
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